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Only a few km south of Najac is Cordes-sur-Ciel (sur ciel, because of its situation high on a hill). It has not really a single sight, but it is the town as a whole with medieval walls and old houses, that makes Cordes a kind of open air-museum especially the upper town.
Sorry, it was too tempting to ignore that little train. I parked my car at the Place de la Bouteillerie and it was just waiting there for me. The train immediately goes up hill along the outher ring of the village (rue Bouteillerie) and dropped me off at the back of the town near Place Fontournies. This is an excellent begin of a nice stroll through town. First a bit ascending but after a few 100 m all the way downwards.
After entering the town by the Porte de la Jane or the Porte des Ormeaux the road splits into two small roads: the Grand Rue Raimond VII with some fine houses from the 13th century, and the Rue Saint Michel, which took me to the Saint Michel church. Place Saint Michel is the heart of Cordes, where you also find Fonpeyrouses house and Maison du Grand Veneur. Some further is the Halle and the road goes down to the Porte du Vainqueur (winners gate), the Barbacane tower and the Porte de l'Horloge back to Place de la Bouteillerie. Let your eyes go to all those lovely old buildings and enjoy the view from the upper town of the surrounding area. Don't pass Cordes without honour it with a visit. You won't regret it!